Former School Committee Member and Boy Scout Leader Sentenced on Charges of Child Sexual Exploitation
|U.S. Attorney’s Office September 11, 2013|
BOSTON—A Whitinsville lawyer who was also a Boy Scout troop leader and part-time middle school instructor was sentenced to 18 years in prison on child pornography charges.
On September 9, in U.S. District Court in Worcester, Judge Timothy S. Hillman sentenced Andrew Jonathan Myers, 34, to 220 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release. On June 12, 2013, Myers pleaded guilty to four counts of using the Internet to entice, persuade, or induce a minor to engage in unlawful sexual conduct and possessing child pornography. Pursuant to a plea agreement with the government, Myers faced a possible sentence of between 15 and 21 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release.
Between July 13 and July 23, 2012, Myers communicated with a 12-year-old Colorado boy, identified as Juvenile Victim #1 (JV-1), over the Internet, first via e-mail and then through the web video service Skype. During the course of the communications with JV-1, Myers told JV-1 that he was attractive, directed JV-1 to websites where child pornography could be found, and offered to “find” JV-1 “a place to sleep” if he came to Massachusetts. Throughout the communications, Myers repeatedly solicited JV-1 to take off his clothes and masturbate over the Skype video streaming service.
On May 7, May 9, and June 28, 2012, Myers sent sexually explicit e-mails to three minors, identified as JV-2 (age 13), JV-3 (age 11), and JV-4 (age 14), in which he proposed to perform oral sex on the minors. Myers had served as a substitute school teacher for JV-2 and JV-3 and had been the troop leader for JV-4’s scout troop.
A computer and an external hard drive seized from Myers’ residence at the time of his arrest contained in excess of 600 videos depicting child pornography, including an electronic video recording of a Skype video chat between Myers and a minor identified as JV-5, a 13-year-old South Carolina resident, in which JV-5 is depicted engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; District Attorney Joseph Early of Worcester County; Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Chief Walter J. Worhol of the Northbridge Police Department; and Chief Kenny Powell of the Millbury Police Department, made the announcement.
This was a joint investigation that was initiated by the Larimer County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, which discovered Myers’ alleged conduct and provided the information that led to both Myers’ identification and these federal charges. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Grady of Ortiz’s Worcester Office.